Compulsory Acquisition

Compulsory acquisitions by statutory authorities and governments are an unfortunate fact of life. Land and interests are acquired for new roads and public facilities, the supply of services and other infrastructure projects.

If your interest has been compulsorily acquired, it is our job to make sure you get compensated in full. We will help recover not just the true value of your property and the loss of its potential and any special value the land may hold for you along with the cost of any damage to your business, your relocation and other associated expenses, but also what the legislation calls ‘solatium’ – which is for any intangible and non-pecuniary disadvantages you may suffer because of the compulsory acquisition.

We understand the human side of compulsory acquisition, and we work hand in hand with valuers to provide good reasons and arguments to support a valuation for compensation. Our professional compulsory acquisition lawyers have a broad and in-depth understanding of Section 41 of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act (Vic). That means we know the factors under the Act that need to be taken into account when determining a fair value in respect of, not just the land and property, but also the possible and consequential losses for a business.

At Aitken Partners we can assist clients to obtain advances of compensation from acquiring authorities at an early stage of a claim with a view to helping cover the costs of conduct of claims.

Our lawyers have considerable expertise in town planning, property and litigation which supports our work for claimants facing compulsory acquisitions. We have represented clients at VCAT and the Supreme Court, and we have also obtained large compensation payouts to clients through out of court settlements with acquiring authorities.

Aitken Partners has acted for owners of land acquired for and businesses affected by most major projects in Victoria over the past few years as well as for many owners affected by minor road widening schemes and public acquisition overlays. A snapshot of some recent compulsory acquisition projects on which our team is advising on or has advised clients include:


  • Dingley Bypass
  • Drysdale Bypass
  • East/West Link
  • Horsham Bypass
  • Kananook Train Storage Facility
  • Level Crossing Rail Removal Projects
  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project
  • Outer-Western Suburban Arterial Roads Project
  • Princes Highway Duplication 
  • Regional Rail Link
  • Tullamarine Widening
  • West Gate Tunnel Project
  • Western Arterial Roads Project
  • Western Highway Duplication
  • Yan Yean Road Duplication
  • Yarra Valley Water Projects

We have proven ourselves to be among the leading names for clients in need of a first class, professional and relatable compulsory acquisitions lawyer. Our staff take the time to understand the local communities and individuals involved in the case, providing a personalised legal service that you simply won’t find at any major or boutique law firm.

Compulsory Acquisition Lawyers

When it comes to unparalleled representation and legal guidance in matters relating to compulsory acquisition, clients across both the business and private sector know there is simply no one better than Aitken Partners. 

With close to a century of leading experience, we are proud to be one of the most respected and dependable law firms working across Victoria and throughout Australia.

When they work with our compulsory acquisition lawyers, clients will experience the difference that a skilled and passionate legal team can make to their case.

At Aitken Partners we don’t just specialise in compulsory acquisitions, with our qualified staff also including family law solicitors, divorce attorneys and lawyers, experts in child custody law and immigration consultants, all working to provide our valued clients with premier legal services.

To arrange a consultation with one of our compulsory acquisition lawyers, call Aitken Partners today on +61 3 8600 6000 or visit our William Street offices.